NFL Notebook: Colts prepared to make Manning highest-paid player
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Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian is ready to make a deal with quarterback Peyton Manning.
Getting it done in this labor market could still make it tricky.
Polian told reporters Monday he was confident Indianapolis would re-sign their four-time MVP before his current contract expires after the 2010 season.
"There's probably some likelihood that that will happen," Polian said during Jim Kelly's charity golf tournament in Batavia, N.Y. "But there's a lot of work that we can do between then and now to lay groundwork and cover areas that we need to cover and talk about various different structures, and we'll do that."
Money is not expected to be the major impediment.
Colts owner Jim Irsay already has said he will make Manning the league's highest-paid player and called the negotiations one of the team's biggest offseason priorities. The problem: With an uncapped 2010 season and no collective bargaining agreement to guide teams in 2011 and beyond, Polian must figure out how to structure the deal so it doesn't leave the Colts at a disadvantage -- and do it almost blindly.
Police don't plan to recommend pressing charges against an unnamed Green Bay player accused of sexual assault by two women who changed their statements during the investigation, the chief in Delton, Wis., overseeing the investigation said. The women initially told investigators they were sexually assaulted by more than one Packers player while other players held them down.
Baltimore was ordered by the NFL to cancel its final offseason training camp because of a violation of workout rules. Reacting to a complaint filed by the player's association against the Ravens, the league canceled the final week of Baltimore's organized team activities, scheduled for June 14-18.
Isaac Bruce will go out as a Rams player. St. Louis announced that it has acquired the four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver from San Francisco in advance of a retirement news conference Wednesday.
Receiver Wes Welker is surprised by the strong, hopeful reaction to his return to practice four months after major knee surgery. Welker said he didn't think it would be that big a deal when he worked out with his teammates in New England's organized team activities. But fans and reporters were surprised he was back so soon. The team began another set of OTAs Monday, covering four days. As he did last week, Welker did agility drills, ran routes at less than full speed and caught passes from Tom Brady.
Quarterback Daunte Culpepper is still playing professional football, albeit in the United Football League. Culpepper, 33, who made five starts and appeared in eight games last season for the Lions, signed with the Sacramento Mountain Lions. He will be reunited with his former Vikings coach Dennis Green when the season begins this fall.
First Published June 8, 2010 12:00 am